I liked the last 40 pages of this book much more than the first 150. The story is good, particularly at the end, but a little too long for my tastes. The author's use of shortened, quasi-stream of consciousness paragraphs made me tired. I just wanted the story to MOVE. But maybe that is what he was going for - an inability to move the story forward cleanly to mimic the stuttering boy's inability to speak.
The boy, known as Little Man, takes over the paper route of a friend for a month during the summer of 1959. This role forces him to face many a new person on the route as he delivers papers and collects money.